The Story of Scones & Tea Time

Scones were first made in Scotland in the early 1500's. 

They became popular in England thanks to Anna the Duchess of Bedford (1788-1861), who asked that sweet breads be brought with her tea. She was so delighted by the scones that she ordered them every afternoon. Her love of scones and tea soon spread, and became the English tradition of Afternoon Tea. Scones are still served daily all over England with strawberry jam and fresh cream. There are many varieties of scones, which may be either sweetened or savory with cheese. 

We are proud to continue this tradition by providing you with a variety of authentic scones, pastries & many other traditional Tea Time foods. Baked from scratch for your enjoyment. 

-English Tea Garden

Meet Misty

Misty Sumner's love of baking started as a child, when her Scottish-English grandmother summoned her to the kitchen. "Put on your apron, we're baking." Sumner remembers her nana saying. A British native and registered nurse, she moved to Arizona 13 years ago and is now selling scones and other sweet and savory baked goods at Old Town Scottsdale and High Street farmers' markets.

Sumner's traditional scones are the real English deal - soft, light and biscuit-like, not like the crumbly, dry, hard-to-eat scones we consume here. "The secret with scones is not to handle them too much," the Scottsdale resident says. "The moment you start messing with the dough, they're going to be heavy." The scones come neatly packaged with a shot of Chantilly cream (cream whipped with coarse sugar) and "really good" straw-berry jam. Sumner will also deliver and set up afternoon tea at your home or office. The spread includes crust-less finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, cakes and, of course, English tea served on fine English china. Page 416 PHOENIX [MAGAZINE] - MARCH/APRIL 2023